Jayleen Barin

Jayleen Barin is pursuing an undergraduate at the University of Hawaii — Manoa in exceptional students and elementary education and aspires to be a special education teacher.

First and foremost, I would like to share my sincere appreciation and humbly thank you for providing an opportunity for students pursuing a higher education in the education field and for selecting me to be a recipient of such a generous opportunity. I am immensely grateful for this financial opportunity because it is opportunities like this that empower and support students like myself to diligently reach goals and be successful in college, so we may in turn give back to our community tenfold.

I will be continuing my education at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa and am in my last year for my undergraduate study! I am currently a senior continuing to major in Exceptional Students and Elementary Education. Upon graduation, I aspire to be a special education educator at a low-income or Title I school in Hawaii while continuing my studies in graduate school. Thus, thank you so, so much for investing in my future and in the future of Hawai’i! This gracious financial support and opportunity helps tremendously and enables me to continue to remain steadily focus and continue to get straight A’s and give my absolute best in both my course lecture as well as in the classroom. As a single mother, sometimes a parent’s dream takes a backseat, thus, falling low on the list of priorities. However, with this opportunity I can diligently continue to work hard in reaching my academic goals and making my dream a reality.

Thus, from the bottom of my heart, thank you once again for seeing the value in higher education and seeing the value in me.